Preventing Parasitic Disease

Use a multifaceted approach to prevent parasitic disease.  Consult with your veterinarian to develop a plan that is appropriate for your horses and your premise:

  1. Pasture management: Since many important parasites are transmitted to the horse during grazing, methods to "clean" the pasture are critical in helping to break the parasite cycle. As one example, removing manure from paddocks on a once or twice weekly basis can reduce the risk of ingesting parasite larvae.
  2. Appropriate use of dewormers: Using the 'right' one at the 'right' time! Talk to your veterinarian about the best way to identify which horses require deworming, and when.
  3. Fecal (manure) testing can give you much information. It can be used to check on the overall success of your program, to check for dewormer resistance, to check if your deworming was successful, and to help identify what horses need deworming.

For more detailed information on preventing parasitic disease, refer to the section on "Parasites."